3 dog treat recipes that will drive your dog nuts!

DIY peanut butter dog treats, easy to follow recipes that your pooch will devour.

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Dog treats are fun and easy to DIY. You just need to know what you should and shouldn’t include in your mixtures. Below you’ll find 3 recipes; peanut butter cupcakes, protein balls and oaty biscuits – all super healthy, and super delicious for your dog-friend.

FACT: Peanut butter is very healthy for dogs, Google it.

1. nutcakes for your pupmates

What-You-Will-Need-List (for a tray of 12):

  • 2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 3 big table spoons of natural peanut butter (unsalted)
  • Sweet potato x2
  • Eggs x3
  • 1 cup of steel-cut oats
  • 1/2 cup of leafy spinach (diced)
  • 1 teaspoon of natural honey
  • 2 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 1 1/2 table spoons of 100% vegetable oil

Super easy steps:

  1. Peel, cut and boil the sweet potato
  2. In a bowl, mix up the; flour, baking powder, peanut butter, eggs, oats, vegie oil and honey
  3. Dice the spinach nice and small and add it to your bowl that contains the flour etc.
  4. Once your sweet potato is soft, drain and mash, and add to your bowl
  5. Preheat the oven
  6. Mix, mix, mix! Or use a mixer…The mixture should be moist
  7. Put generous lumps of your mixture into your paper cupcake holders, then into the tray to bake – remember they will rise, so don’t overfill your tray
  8. Your cupcakes won’t take long, 15 minutes maximum in the oven should do them
  9. Leave them to rest for about 20 minutes
  10. With a butterknife, smooth some peanut butter on top of your now rested and cooled-off cupcakes, your can use your finger to neaten-up the edges

Tip:

Search sugar free dog decorations online to make your treats looks extra cute!

2. protein balls

What-You-Will-Need-List:

  • 1/2 carrot
  • 1 apple
  • 2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1 big table spoon of natural peanut butter (unsalted!)
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 1 1/2 table spoons of 100% vegetable oil
  • Eggs x2
  • 1/2 cup of leafy spinach (diced)

Super easy steps:

  1. Peal, chop and boil the sweet potato
  2. Grate the carrot and apple
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the peanut butter, flour, baking powder, vegie oil, eggs and spinach
  4. Mash the sweet potato once it has softened
  5. Add the sweet potato to the ingredients in the bowl and continue to mix
  6. Add the grated apple and carrot – do not let the juice take over the mixture, if necessary squeeze the grated carrot and apple dry before adding it to your bowl
  7. Preheat the oven
  8. Mix, mix, mix your mixture
  9. Sprinkle some flour into the flat pan that you will use to bake your Protein Balls, this will keep them from sticking
  10. Once everything has blended nicely in your bowl, roll em into good-sized balls, not too big, too big = too doughy
  11. Place them on your tray and cook for 10 minutes
  12. Once baked, leave your balls to rest for 20 minutes
  13. Apply the peanut butter and leave them in paper cupcake holders in the fridge for at least 24 hours to nicely set the peanut butter

3. i heart my dog bikkies

What-You-Will-Need-List (for a tray of 12):

  • 1 1/2 cup of steel-cut oats
  • 2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 2 big table spoon of natural peanut butter (unsalted!)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 1  table spoons of 100% vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of leafy spinach (diced)
  • 1 table spoon of natural honey
  • 7-10 mashed blueberries

Super easy steps:

  1. Mash-up a couple of blueberries in a bowl
  2. Add the oats, flour, baking powder, spinach and peanut butter – the juice from the blueberries is good to keep in your mixture
  3. Add both eggs and continue mixing
  4. Add the oil and honey – continue mixing
  5. The mixture should not be sticky, if you need to add more flour and/or oil continue to do so whilst kneading the dough
  6. Sprinkle some flour on the counter
  7. Preheat the oven
  8. Take a large handful of your mixture and flatten/spread/roll it on the counter until it is roughly half a centimetre thick
  9. Sprinkle some flour on the pan that you will bake with – this will stop it from sticking
  10. Use your favourite cookie cutters and starting cutting
  11. Cookie don’t need long in the oven, 10 – 15 minutes max
  12. You can pretty them up with cream cheese if you wish

Tip:

If you don’t have whole wheat flour, you can use plain flour, but it’s not as healthy for the dog, wheat flour is preferred.

Inspiration: Here’s some pictures of Lend a Pet’s stall at the Super Furry Festival, 2016:

ENJOY! xXxXx

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